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Greens spokesperson for women, Senator Larissa Waters, responds to Labor’s domestic violence announcement today

Larissa Waters 11 Jun 2016

"This is a step in the right direction from Labor but it doesn't provide adequate, long-term funding for the sector and falls short of providing 10 days domestic violence leave per year.

"In consultation with the sector, we Greens have developed a plan for a $5 billion package over ten years to provide long-term, secure funding for domestic violence services, such as women's shelters, crisis phone services and perpetrator programs.

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Tampon tax must go – old parties need to get with the times and get rid of sexist tax

Larissa Waters 9 Jun 2016

The Australian Greens are disappointed that both the old parties are giving up on ending the tampon tax.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said:

"While the old parties make excuses, Australian women continue to fork out $50 million a year in a tax on their bodies.

"We Greens will not give up on ending the tampon tax - we'll continue to work in the next Parliament to see it scrapped.

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Inadequate domestic violence funding which lasts only until just after the election

Larissa Waters 4 May 2016

The Turnbull Budget locks in Abbott's cuts to domestic violence services and subjects women's legal and housing services, which help women escape violence, to massive funding cuts from next financial year.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens deputy leader and spokesperson for women, said:

"We are in a national domestic violence crisis.  Services are underfunded and overstretched, but despite the Prime Minister's rhetoric about domestic violence the Budget fails the victims of domestic violence. 

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Legal Aid urgently needs funding boost given high demand for domestic violence family law services

Larissa Waters 18 Apr 2016

With new analysis showing 79 per cent of Legal-Aid-assisted family law cases include domestic violence, the Greens today renewed their call for the Coalition Government to boost funding for Legal Aid.

"The demand for domestic violence legal help is so tragically high that it is a factor in the bulk of family law cases assisted by Legal Aid," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.                                

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Surging demand for domestic violence legal services: Turnbull must reverse Abbott-era cut, boost funding by $200 million

Richard Di Natale 31 Mar 2016

With a report released today showing increased demand for domestic violence legal services in Queensland, the Greens are calling on the Turnbull Government to reverse its funding cut to community legal centres and boost long term funding.

At the Women's Legal Service in Brisbane today, Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said Tony Abbott's 30 per cent cut to community legal centres due in 2017, must be abandoned in the May federal budget.

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Greens support domestic violence services’ call for funding to help women instead of turning them away

Larissa Waters 16 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens welcome the domestic violence service representatives visiting Parliament House today and support their call for funding to save women and children’s lives.

“It’s a tragic shame that these life-saving groups have had to come to Canberra to plead for enough funding,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

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Government’s rhetoric means nothing to domestic violence victims if they can’t get leave from work to escape

Larissa Waters 9 Mar 2016

Reports today that the Turnbull Liberal Government is presiding over the slashing of domestic violence leave for public servants put a lie to the government's rhetoric about respect for women.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said:

"Slashing domestic violence leave at any time is inexcusable but these reports the day after International Women's Day really put into focus the government's hypocrisy.

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$100 000 gender pay won’t be fixed by hiding it

Larissa Waters 3 Mar 2016

With a report out today, showing senior female managers earn $100 000 less per year than male counterparts, the Greens are urging the other parties to support their Bill for pay transparency.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said:

 "In the private sector, it's common practice for contracts to include gag clauses that prevent workers from discussing their pay with one another. 

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